Virginia Appeals Court Expands Use of Roadblocks | Newspaper.com

Virginia Appeals Court Expands Use of Roadblocks.  Court of Appeals in Virginia gives police a free hand in setting up roadblocks to search motorists not suspected of any crime.

Police in Virginia may block off roads to search and interrogate motorists as long as a vague “plan” is filed in advance, the state Court of Appeals ruled last Tuesday. Michael Anthony Desposito challenged his May 27, 2009 arrest at a checkpoint run by the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office on the ground that the department allowed its officers to run open-ended roadblocks in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Continue reading